Market Street Dam

Last updated: 11/06/2011
River/Stream: Des Moines River
Location: Ottumwa, Wapello County
        Latitude: 41.0157615479494
        Longitude: -92.4159846783953
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Built: 1916
Owner: City of Ottumwa
Height: 18 ft.
Length: 781 ft.
Warning Signs:
Portage: When the dam gates are open, boaters must be cautious near the dam. It is possible for travelers with light boats to portage around the south end of the dam without too much difficulty.
Comments: The existing Ottumwa Project consists of: (1) An 18-foot-high dam with a  641-foot-long spillway section equipped with eight Taintor gates and one bascule gate; (2) a powerhouse integral to the dam containing three generating units, unit 1 and unit 3 each rated at 1,000 kW and unit 2 rated at 1,250 kW; (3) a 125-acre reservoir with a normal water surface elevation of 638.5 feet msl; and (4) appurtenant facilities. The applicant estimates that the average annual generation would be 10,261,920 kilowatt hours using the three generating units with a combined capacity of 3,250 kW. [from Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 238]
Note: BOATERS, ESPECIALLY INEXPERIENCED canoeists, must be very cautious when shooting the rapids at the Bonaparte Dam in southest Van Buren County. This dam has been washed out and presently appears as a substantial riffle extending the width of the river. Canoeists may take an easy portage around the south end of the dam if they prefer.
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During Floods of 2008
Documented Fatalitites: 9